Warner Bros. announced today that the studio is teaming up with Google Chrome for a new "Chrome Experiment" entitled A Journey Through Middle-Earth for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The studio has released two videos which shows users how this unique web-based experience works, and you can also find out more information in the official press release below.
Inspired by the epic fantasy adventure The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, A Journey Through Middle-Earth, is a new Chrome Experiment that brings the locations and characters from The Hobbit Trilogy to life with a mix of modern web technologies. The film, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, will be released worldwide December 13, 2013, from Warner Bros. Pictures and MGM.
The online experience, developed by North Kingdom in collaboration with the studios, takes fans through an adventure that unfolds across an interactive map of Middle-earth. Users can zoom in to explore Trollshaw Forest, Rivendell and Dol Guldur, with new locations set to be added in the weeks ahead. Each destination on the map gives the visitor access to its history and the characters who inhabit it, or presents unique survival challenges in which fans can test their wits.
With immersive 3D graphics built with CSS3 and WebGL, A Journey Through Middle-Earth is the first Chrome Experiment designed to bring this beautiful, 3D experience to mobile, with technology support for WebGL in Chrome for Android on devices with high-end graphics cards. Although WebGL isn't supported on iOS, Chrome users can still experience most of A Journey Through Middle-Earth on their iPhones and iPads.
From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, director of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, comes The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The screenplay for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. Jackson also produced the film, together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh. The executive producers are Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn Blackwood, with Philippa Boyens and Eileen Moran serving as co-producers.
New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Present a Wingnut Films Production, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The film is a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), with New Line managing production. Warner Bros. Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television distribution being handled by MGM.